Public Announcements


March 24, 2020 Message from MiSGMP President

Dear MiSGMP Members,

The past few weeks and the coming weeks have and will continue to present us with many challenges and uncertainties – for us individually and professionally.

The impact is far reaching – working remotely, lay-offs, financial instability, taking care of ourselves and our families, social distancing, and feelings of isolation and anxiety. Please know that MiSGMP, your professional organization, is concerned about and supportive of all of its members…of everyone. We are here for you; we are here for each other. Wondering how others are handling cancellations? Need a listening ear? Want a distraction? Call or email another MiSGMP member – we are MiSGMP Strong!


The MiSGMP board is a hard-working, dedicated group of individuals, who deliberate conscientiously, in the best interest of all. The board is committed to monitoring the latest advice from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and following Governor Whitmer’s Executive Orders as we make decisions about MiSGMP events and meetings moving forward.

On the MiSGMP conference call board meeting March 23, the board voted to cancel the April and May MiSGMP face-to-face meetings. Once we get through the next few weeks, the board will explore the possibility of a virtual meeting in May. At this time, the June meeting is going forward, but that too could change. Registration monies already paid for April and/or May will transfer to future MiSGMP meeting registrations.

As you know, the 2020 AEC, March 18–20, was cancelled. The board has decided not to reschedule the 2020 AEC but to hold the 2021 AEC in Grand Rapids. The Crowne Plaza Grand Rapids, Experience Grand Rapids and all other partners for this conference are in agreement. The AEC committee put a lot of time and effort into the plans for 2020 AEC, thankfully most of them can simply ‘roll over’ into the 2021 AEC. 2020 AEC registrations paid will be transferred to 2021 AEC. When the 2021 AEC registration opens, transferred registrations can be assigned, at no additional cost, to another individual if staffing has changed.

The transference of registration monies is an easier, simpler process for MiSGMP. That said, if you/your employer would prefer a refund, that can be done. Please submit a refund request to me, in writing (email is fine–[email protected]), that includes the event/meeting date, payment remitter, and payment amount. Refund requests must be received by May 15, 2020. Please understand that refund processing is labor intensive and will take time.

Regarding sponsorship payments…the board will review all sponsorships in the near future, on an individual basis, and contact each sponsor to determine a mutually agreeable solution.

My sincere best wishes to all of you, and to your families and colleagues – be safe, be healthy, and stay positive! When this is over, we will celebrate!

Laurie A. Nickson, CMP

President, Michigan Chapter of the Society of Government Meeting Professionals

Chartered: January 24, 1990